"Lung surgery and Food (?) afterwards"

About: Wythenshawe Hospital

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Can I please say a big thank you to all the people who were involved in my care whilst I was in hospital having my operation.

I was dreadfully nervous but when I went onto the Jim Quick ward I was put at ease by the friendliness of the staff.

I do not remember any of the op but I am sure that all that went OK.

I then went into the recovery ward and was attended by a lovely nurse who was there for me as and when I needed her amongs others.

On F2 I was again treated very well. All the staff were lovely and very professional. Even the cleaners were pleasant to talk to as they went about their chores.

So thank you again to everybody involved.

The real gripe I have is the food. I could have made a simple but tasty and nutritional meal in a couple of hours for the full ward and the staff, and probably at a far lower cost than you pay.

I have no idea how they did the baked/jacket potato but they were bland and old. When I ordered roast vegs they arrived swimming in water, as did all the veg.

I ventured the fish and chips and mushy peas. The chips - oven chips, fish looked like coley (dry, grey) and the peas looked like green wallpaper paste. The custard was “a yellow liquid with a vague visual resemblance to custard”.

No idea what the milk was but it tasted no better than water.

It really is not good enough to confront people who are recovering from serious ops with such slop.

To add insult to injury, in the discharge booklet you advocate food, when you go home, as being high in nutrition from fresh vegetables and fruit, which seemed a bit ironic as I never saw a piece of really fresh fruit, veg or salad.

I challenge all the top people at the hospital and yourself, admin staff and the people who recommend these menus as well as doctors and surgeons - to eat only this food for a week and give their comments.

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Response from Wythenshawe Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on th eNHS Choices Website and we would like to apologise for the delay in responding to your comments/concerns. Your compliments cregarding the staff on both Jim Quick and F2 wards will be passed to the appropriate manager, who will share with the relevant staff. Staff are always appreciative when a patient/relative gives such positive feedback. Your comments regarding food will also be highlighted to our stakeholder provider- Sodexo. Kind regards Patient Experience Team.

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